1:20 p.m. Notice to Bayou Corne Residents

When:           Thursday, September 12, 2013

                      Doors open at 8:30 a.m. (meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.)

Where:          Assumption Parish Community Center

                      4910 Highway 308 – Napoleonville

We encourage residents to join us at 8:30 a.m. as donuts and coffee will be served. The morning meeting will conclude at 10:30 a.m.

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. . . not   tomorrow . . .


They follow that with another announcement about the Code 3 and minimize the seismic activity today.

“an isolated seismic event” < ???? Yeah?

They should check out Darrell Goad’s helicorder re-cap video!

Assumption Parish Police Jury

NOTICE TO BAYOU CORNE RESIDENTS: 

In an ongoing effort to collectively express continued support towards the continuing response in Bayou Corne, Police Jury President Marty Triche and Parish Jurors are hosting a gathering of public officials on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

State, federal and local leaders have been invited and we cordially invite you… the Bayou Corne residents to join us – for an opportunity to visit with representatives from all levels of government and to have a chance to deliver your personal testimony of your own experiences since the onset of the sinkhole over a year ago. 

When:           Thursday, September 12, 2013
                      Doors open at 8:30 a.m. (meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.)

Where:          Assumption Parish Community Center
                      4910 Highway 308 – Napoleonville

We encourage residents to…

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Important Bayou Corne Gathering Today

URGENT CALL TO ACTION: SHOW UP!

We desperately need your presence – Saturday, August 3rd to observe the somber occasion of the passing of one year since our community has been decimated.

The observance shall begin at 10 o’clock in the yard of Grady and Carla Alleman at 1455 Hwy. 70 in Bayou Corne

Below are 19 grievances from Bayou Corne residents.  If you read them, you may be more better to understand what has happened to them.

After many agonizing weeks of considering other venues for this somber event, we have chosen this place to meet briefly in order for all to get a true sense of the terror that lurks beneath our feet and only a few hundred feet from this place.

Our program will be brief and to the point:

  • Master of Ceremonies and hostess:        Mrs. Carla Alleman
  • Invocation
  • Pledge of Allegiance:   Led by Gen. Russel Honore’
  • Speeches by area resident
  • Health and Safety issues:   Dr. Wilma Subra
  • Closing remarks:  Gen. Russel Honore’
  • Song by resident: Mrs. Mona Dugas “Bye Bye Bayou Corne”

Questions from the media followed by land and water tours of those who wish to observe the situation close up.

We anticipate approximately 30 to 45 minutes that you will be exposed to the Emergency Zone, but hopefully you’ll bring back a feeling of our struggle and the issues that we face. Please bring lawn chairs to sit.

Hope to see you all there!

One example of their grievances:   

Bayou Corne evacuation resident: #19:

Texas Brine has shown a lack of urgency:
•          12/02/2012 – Texas Brine has been assessed civil penalties of:
$10,000 for failing to install “in-home” monitors to detect possible natural gas accumulations and improve home ventilation for all slab foundations in the area.
•          12/02/2012 –   Texas Brine has been assessed civil penalties of:

$80,000 for failing to install by Nov. 16 a protection system around the sinkhole to prevent contaminant release into nearby waterways.
•          12/02/2012 –    Texas Brine has been assessed civil penalties of:
$10,000 for failing to begin installing two new observation/vent wells by Nov. 27.

What has Texas Brine fixed?:
•          The sinkhole has grown from   200′ x 200′  to over 26 acres
•          The sinkhole depth is now 750+ ft as opposed to 143′ issued by Texas Brine on June 10, 2013.
•          The Oxy 3 cavern floor on May 18, 2013 was 96 feet from the ceiling, but has continued to drop and as of July 9, 2013, the floor is now 688 feet from the ceiling at a level of 4,088 feet.
•          They have operated CPT testing which was not approved by the Office of Conservation.
•          They have trespassed
•          Failed to communicate to the residents work being done in the community(total disregard for the people in the community)
•          They have disallowed financial assistance money to camp owners
•          They have mislead the community into believing the 3D-seismic would provide all the answers to resolving the gas rising in the sinkhole, bubbling sites, residents property and under residents slab of their homes.
•          They are flaring as much gas with 37 vent wells as they did at the beginning with 4 vent wells.
•          They installed a berm around the sinkhole in which a section has subsided and another section was washed away during a rain storm.

 Texas Brine’s appraisal’s were low and questionable:

•          A member of the appraisal team, Don Guillot, is not a certified appraiser and he went around to residents telling them he would be willing to buy their property for a little more than what Texas Brine was offering.
•          Many residents found discrepancies in the appraisals
•          The appraisals were always lower than private appraisals.
•          Comparisons were poor

•          Texas Brine’s unfair buy out practices:
•          They have refused to break down the offer they make for a settlement.  Stating the offer covers all claims.
•          Because of the length of the evacuation (356 days), they have used the stress, poor quality of life (living in campers, moving in with family members, etc.) and a 30 day negotiation period allowed by Federal Judge Zainey to get residents to accept offers that do not equal:
•         replacement value of their home and property
•         moving cost
•       utility connection fee’s
•         stress and mental anguish
•         business opportunity lost
•          The mediation process was just another way to pressure residents to accept an offer that didn’t address everything they were entitled to.  With a trial date set for April 14, 2014, people didn’t want to wait another year or two before getting on with their life (many elderly and with health issues, young families with small kids and the lost of quality of life)  and settled for less.
•          After mediation, negotiations have continued with some residents that submitted requests to Texas Brine.  Reminding them, Judge Zainey extended negotiation thru July 31, 2013.  Texas Brine has continued to demonstrate its unwillingness to negotiate a fair value for replacement of our homes, moving cost, utility connection fees, business lost and the mental anguish and poor quality of life they have caused.

Texas Brine has never demonstrated concern for the residents of the evacuated area.
•          They refused financial assistance to camp owners.
•          Refused to pay owners of rental property for monthly rental loss.
•          Failed to notify residents of the community when work would be done that could disrupt traffic and keep them informed.
•          They continued to remind us at Town Hall meetings they were doing everything the Office of Conservation had instructed them.

More horror stories from residents: PDF format

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,

10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

short link – http://wp.me/p2GNDM-37t

2 Stories by Lonny Cavalier at the Bayou Journal

TEXAS BRINE: DEADBEAT!

July 17 –

Texas Brine Slices 25% off Parish Invoices

 (Houston Based Company Refuses to Pay OEP Director)

By Staff Writer
Lonny Cavalier

In what has long been a public relations nightmare by Texas Brine, its latest moves are doing nothing to repair its broken image.
 Assumption Parish Police jurors announced at the regular scheduled Wednesday night meeting that the Houston based company without consulting anyone, cut the latest invoice by 25%. The company prior to the most recent payments, had only paid through the end of January’s invoices and the parish costs continue to mount.
 Additionally, Texas Brine is refusing to pay straight time costs for OEP director John Boudreaux, who has been at Bayou Corne 7 days a week, generally 12 hours per day.
 Police Jury President Marty Triche said Texas Brine’s reasoning is that the parish would have to pay him anyway.
 The discussion took center stage at Wednesday’s meeting, as jurors try to grapple with ongoing costs due to the sinkhole and how to deal with Boudreauxs other assignments as Permit Officer and 911 Director.
 Triche said he is concerned because the Texas Brine debacle could go on for years. Jurors will meet next week with OEP personnel to review the situation and make some changes internally to deal with the problems the best way possible.
 In other matters, jurors approved the lowest bid by Magnolia Construction for the Bertrandville sewer project in the amount of $1,774,716.50.
 The project was budgeted for $1,826,000. Jurors also approved the low bid of $5500.00 by Rene’s Trucking to clear the property for the sewer plant and construct a lay down yard.
 In related jury issues, jurors

  •  *Re-appointed Ricky Landry and Nelson Guillot as board members of Lower Texas Drainage District No. 15.
  •  *Approved a catch basin off of LA 402 at a cost of $200.00.
  •  *Approved resolutions for the Bertrandville, Peterville, and Marais/Louis treatment plants and improvements and authorized the president to sign necessary documents.
  •  *Heard an update from Mrs. Beryl Gomez on FEMA appeals.
  •  *Granted preliminary approval for the subdivision of property by Sarah Daigle on Highway 401.
  •  *Approved substantial completion for the 2012 Road Improvement Program but held a retainage of 10% for warranty work.
  •  *Approved a request by Juror Myron Matherne to send a letter to the property owners at 4318 Highway 70 in Ward 9, to cease and desist the operation of a scrap material yard at the location. Matherne provided photographs of the alleged ongoing work.

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 Texas Brine’s damages expanding

By Staff Writer
 Lonny Cavalier

When the August 3, 2012 sinkhole formed, people figured that for the most part, Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou residents would feel the greatest consequences and that thought was correct.

 As the 1 year anniversary approaches, the effects of Texas Brine’s disaster is reaching well beyond the boundaries of the local community and when all is said and done, if it ever is, there will never be enough money to go around.

 Directly associated with the sinkhole are expenses related to buyouts, evacuations, public safety and environmental costs.

 While Texas Brine has consistently ignored the issue of testing for gas in the border communities of Pierre part, Paincourtville, Belle Rose, etc., it now appears that those areas are beginning to feel the pain of Texas Brine’s misdeeds.

 While there have been some statements made that testing was done, no one has ever provided any documentation of any such testing, but those property owners are fixing to pay a heavy price.

 A recent Bayou Corne evacuee attempted to finance a home loan for a Paincourtville property, bus was denied. Why? Because they were too close to a sinkhole.

 A Pierre Part businessman recently attempted to refinance a debt on personal property which is also tied to lines of credit for his business. The feat had been accomplished many times in the past, but Texas Brine has just put an end to that.

 The bank arranging for the refinancing through a secondary lender issued a letter denying the loan application because the property was 4- 4½ miles from a sinkhole.

 The inability of business and/or homeowners to refinance existing debt will lead to an extreme increase in interest rates, particularly if you have a floating interest rate or a loan tied to lines of credit.

 Also, some outlying resident’s are receiving inquiries from insurance companies concerning the sinkhole. It is probably a safe bet that your homeowners insurance premiums are about to rise solely because of the sinkhole.

 As a result of those circumstances, Texas Brine can expect additional civil claims as homeowners have no option but to pursue legal avenues to attempt to recover their losses.

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– emphasis added

The Bayou Journal

C B & I Presentation

hold on to your hats … I’m sure a big buy out offer was made !

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Assumption Parish Police Jury

Below is a link to the information presented by CB&I at last night’s briefing. Again, we apologize for the technical difficulties experienced and are presently correcting those issues to avoid any difficulty in the future. 

C B & I Presentation, July 16, 2013

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The Russians Are Coming! + Wed. News

frowny2  The AdvocateRussian company plans $1.5 billion La. fertilizer plant, distribution center

“. . . in either St. John or Iberville parishes  . . .”

LA17-01 quit before 4 p.m. (CST) today. WHY??

NBC33 – Bayou Corne in national spotlight, Residents approve

The Weather Channel – 22-Acre Sinkhole Evacuates Entire Community < with PHOTOS

Quebec oil-train tragedy triggered oil spill that threatens water supplies

Five People Injured During Explosion at West Virginia Well

LINK –  http://youtu.be/U5eIH3A5PjY

Ethanol responsible for this year’s expected record dead zone, researcher says < has satellite map

Louisiana is the most disaster-prone state

2.3 quake in Columbus, Kentucky < MAP

Texas Brine has a July 8 DNR update and letter (has data). They hide this info from the ‘response’ page for the residents. P. 6 of the letter has this –

noairmonitoringThey leave ‘Notes’ blank without mentioning monitor  minders driving by fast with the windows rolled up!

NOTE: Ship Shoal Oil Spill stories are all getting added onto the original post.

Report Back from the BIG MEETING July 3 with Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré – DNR Responds

BAYOU CORNE, LA — The Assumption Parish Pierre Part library was the meeting place of a support group of the residents of Bayou Corne. Some people from Save Lake Peigneur group and I were invited to the meeting by  Bayou Corne resident Mike Schaff.  Mike officiated the meeting.
There to help assist them was Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré

Lake General Honore uniform

The people in Bayou Corne are praying that General Honoré will be able to help. General Honore spoke of human rights, and how our country was set up. He stated that the most powerful thing people have is public notification.  The people have the opportunity to tell the nation, state, that we have a problem; he stated that bad news does not get better with age. General Honoré stated that “We have an environmental and human disaster here”.  “You have the right to be heard” he explained.

Mike Schaff asked Nara Crowley of Save Lake Peigneur to speak of their fight of 8 years to stop any more salt dome caverns being leached out for natural gas storage. She stated that there is already bubbling in the lake, the cause is not known. AGL Resources could put 20 more caverns under the lake, without approval once this permit is issued.  The Chicot aquifer, aquifer for 15 parishes, has never recovered from the first salt dome leaching. AGL Resources has stated on their JISH web site, that they will use 5 million gallons a day to leach out 2 more caverns.

The Bayou Corne Blue Ribbon Committee member reported that there is H2S gas under some house slabs. He also stated that at one time Texas Brine wanted to stop monitoring. There is also natural gas in their aquifer. Some residents spoke of persons who are monitoring the air are riding down the street using equipment with their vehicle windows closed and thought they would not get a correct reading.

Emotions were high.  There were people crying as they spoke of their problems, and I cried with them.  One lady, whose husband has Parkinson’s, who evacuated needs to borrow money to get another house.  Two mortgage companies denied her and another said Texas Brine would have to sign a letter stating that they are going to continue to pay her for 3 years.  One may think that getting $875 a week is enough, but people still have to pay their mortgage on the home they are not living in, plus another place to live.

Some of the community is being divided by frustrations.  Next month, August, it will be one year and the sinkhole continues to expand. People spoke of their insurance companies dropping them.
How long will Texas Brine Co LLC a Limited Liability Company (Non-Louisiana) continue to pay for destroying these people’s lives?  Texas Brine’s three insurance companies have caps. The state of Louisiana has billed Texas Brine Co. which it blames for the massive sinkhole,   $3.5 million dollars. Texas Brine is fighting these fines, a tally of state response efforts to the sinkhole from six different agencies.  And now there are talks of closing Hwy 70.  To see how close to the sinkhole, watch this video taken by a resident of Bayou Corne. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABqdY7SZm1U

What will the cost be to taxpayers to reroute Hwy 70?  Already the parish is losing money.  Texas Brine will not have the money to pay the state for a new highway.

You, the taxpayers of Louisiana, will pay for this disaster!

Texas Brine Co. is being sued by other companies for forcing the permanent closure of their gas pipelines.

Wilma Subra, Subra Company, was there to help these people to understand their exposure and health effects.

Texas Brine and the Department of Environmental Quality are monitoring levels of natural gas that is floating in the aquifer and other levels of gas. Wilma stated that there had been no readings since last Friday, and did not know what is going on. Wilma said that there times when the equipment had not been setup to monitor smelly odors.

The late Mel Leavitt’s, WDSU New Orleans,  daughter, came from New Orleans to offer her help.  She was much appreciated.

At the end of the meeting on the ride back to Iberia/Vermilion parish I thought how terrible these people have been treated.  Our own Governor Jindal did not even to bother to visit Bayou Corne for 7 months.  HB493 and HB494 have been passed, but it is too late to help Bayou Corne residents. Where is the EPA?  Are the people who work for DNR, DEQ, EPA, just following their job duties?   The laws that might protect people’s lives and property that live in these areas are written and passed by our senators and representatives.  SB200 by Senator Mills to protect the lives and property of the people that live around Lake Peigneur was defeated by 2 votes in the Senate. All SB200  had was a 5 year moratorium for expansion, until studies could be done to find the cause of the bubbling and for an Environmental Impact Statement.

PHOTOS:

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The Advocate reports on it with some shameful lies by Patrick Courreges at DNR –

LIES! LIES! LIES!

“. . . . Courreges said a variety of state and federal agencies are involved in the response, including EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. He said they are working in a coordinated response and keeping people informed.

A community meeting, for example, is planned July 16 while websites are maintained with reports on the incident, legislative hearings have been held and the Office of Conservation has responded to more than 200 direct emails. . . . “

story – Honoré: Feds need to get more involved in sinkhole emergency

LINK –  http://youtu.be/A5RqVz0ljcg

LINK –  http://youtu.be/hJXy4Svc5gg

Some related PHOTOS by the videographer, Julie Dermansky. And a great article too. About Lake Peigneur

short link –  http://wp.me/p2GNDM-2SW

Home Buy-Out Deadline Extended

The Advocate –  Deadline for sinkhole buyout talks extended to July 31

BAYOU CORNE — Nearly half of the eligible residents and families in an evacuation area affected by a sinkhole induced by a Texas Brine Co. salt dome failure last summer have agreed to company buyout offers, while the rest have more than a month to complete negotiations.

Texas Brine faced a 5:30 p.m. court-imposed deadline Monday to reach out-of-court settlements with residents who had not filed suit against the company, but U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey extended that deadline on Tuesday until July 31, Texas Brine spokesman Sonny Cranch said. . .  .

http://theadvocate.com/news/ascension/6347699-123/deadline-for-sinkhole-buyout-talks